Possessed by Djinn
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"Possessed by Djinn functions best as a look into the dark corners of religion and myth told in a literate, personal, and analytical fashion all at the same time." - Toronto Film Circle
The belief in demons, or “djinn”, is an aspect of Islamic culture that is open to interpretation. In a subjective investigation of this controversial topic, Possessed by Djinn follows the true story of Aya, a four-year-old Jordanian girl killed by her father in the belief that she was possessed. As the director investigates this case, she finds herself on a journey into an obscure world of ritual and tradition. Her intriguing, disturbing, encounters along the way with both djinn exorcists and the possessed, reveal some of her society's contradictions and ultimately force her to confront fears and demons of her own.
In some Islamic cultures, the djinn occupy a world parallel to that of humans. Their emergence is often connected with sexuality, poverty, mental health issues, or political unrest. The uncomfortable nature of this taboo subject allows it to remain broadly unresolved in the Muslim hearts and minds that it grips. The subject calls for an intimate, undercover, evocative, and dreamlike documentary filmmaking style. Possessed by Djinn offers just this, and opens a window into the subconscious in Islamic culture.
75 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles
Directed by Dalia Al Kury
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